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Tough Morning for Large Vehicles

It was a tough morning for large vehicles, with a Watauga County School bus involved in an accident, then a Stewart Simmons Fire Department truck careening off of a steep embankment. Neither accident involved any serious injuries, according to those at the scene. The school bus Full Story

One Location for Watauga One-Stop Voting

The N.C. State Board of Elections affirmed Friday the Watauga County one-stop voting plan to take place only at the Watauga County Administration Building.  The now automatic appeal was one of two heard from state-wide boards, the NC Board of Elections now hearing all Full Story

Samaritan's Purse On The Ground at Disasters

Friday, two specially equipped tractor-trailers, stocked with tools and relief supplies, left Samaritan’s Purse facilities in Wilkesboro headed to Northern California where wildfires have already destroyed more than 800 homes. These two units will journey cross-country to serve as Full Story

Two Wataugans Among 3 Named to CCC&TI Board

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees has added two new members, while another was re-appointed. Boone attorney and former Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller and The Honorable Bob Brady, retired Chief 25th District Court Judge, Full Story

Gas Going Down? Still WAY Above Gas Near-By

So our gas prices have dropped to $2.15 in Boone.  We try to be grateful for that until you realize that we’re 22 cents per gallon higher than gas in Lenoir, readers sending signs there with regular gas at $1.93/9. Comparable prices are seen just across the border in Tennessee, Full Story

HB 875 Now Law; One Day Late for Intake

After Sitting idle for 4 1/2 months, the Eminent Domain bill emerged from the committee on Rules and Operation of the Senate Wednesday at the behest of State Senator Dan Soucek, and yesterday was passed by the Senate.  But for the Boone Water Intake project for which it was filed, it was a day late. As the bill was written, Full Story

State Budget Winners, Losers

The State Budget passed the State House just after midnight this morning, the budget including a compromise on sales tax revenues, with mostly smaller counties that have fewer sales tax revenues benefiting from a fund set up in the new budget.  With that, there are winners and Full Story

Suspects Sought After Shots Fired on Junaluska

The vehicle sought after shots were fired Wednesday evening in the 500 block of Junaluska was parked outside the Boone Police Department last night, and the suspect—so far not charged—was being questioned by Boone detectives.  Town Manager John Ward told the council that the gun Full Story

Eminent Domain Bill Passed in Senate, Now Law

After Sitting idle for 4 1/2 months, the Eminent Domain bill emerged from the committee on Rules and Operation of the Senate yesterday at the behest of State Senator Dan Soucek, and today was passed by the Senate.  As the bill is written, it becomes law as of the passage and does not Full Story

Gillin Invited to Speak at IMG Forum

BOONE, N.C. — Director of athletics Doug Gillin has been invited to represent Appalachian State University as a panelist at the 2015 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum on Dec. 9-10 in New York.

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Injuries in Morning Accidents Wednesday

A young woman was injured yesterday morning when struck by a car near the Holmes Convocation Center at Faculty Street and Holmes Drive.  Jennifer Stephen, 22, of Huntersville was down on the pavement when the 9-1-1 calls came in about the accident, and she was attended to by Full Story

Crimestoppers Seeks Beer Thief

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s help in identifying a beer thief.  The Crimestoppers release says that on Friday, September 11th, at approximately 9:00 p.m. an unknown male stole beer from the Sak’s Grill convenience store near at US 421 and NC 105 Full Story

Kidnap, Assault, Robbery Charges Filed

An armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault  on a Lenoir man from early Friday morning has led to the arrests of two men, the incident interrupted by Wilkesboro Police.  The incident was reported in the early morning hours—around 4:30am Friday near the Cherry Street parking Full Story

Three Charged in Connection with Wilkes Murders

23rd District Attorney Tom Horner has now gotten involved in the double murder investigation in the deaths of Linda Kate Frazier and Russell William Szekely in Wilkesboro, the two found dead Labor Day evening. Horner has now sought murder charges against Katrina Anne Malouin of Full Story

Avery High Teacher Suspended, Charged

An Avery County teacher is facing charges and is suspended from school, accused of striking a student with a yard stick last month. An Avery magistrate issued a criminal summons against Daniel Fortune, U.S. History and Civics teacher at Avery County High School, charging him with Full Story

Motorcycle Crash Claims Young Ashe Man

Another area young man has lost his life in a traffic crash, that in a Friday afternoon wreck in Ashe County.  The State Patrol said that the wreck occurred on US 221 at Mulatto Mountain Road at about 4:15 when motorcyclist Joshua Meghoo came upon slow moving traffic, colliding with the rear Full Story

Musical Icon Dies at Carolinas Medical Center

The Thursday crash that injured long time musical icon for Watauga and the ASU communities—Dr. Charles Isley—may now be counted as a factor in his death.  Dr. Charles Isley, 94, died at Carolinas Medical Center at about 4 Friday afternoon.  He had been transferred to the Charlotte hospital Full Story

Early Turnovers Doom Mountaineers

CLEMSON, S.C. — Interceptions on three-straight series early in the game squelched Appalachian State University football’s upset hopes in a 41-10 loss at No. 12 Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Trailing just 3-0 late in the first quarter, Appalachian

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Sleeping Suspect Found With Drugs, Liquor, Cash

A seemingly innocuous early morning call to the Ashe Sheriff’s office led to the arrest of a Wilkes County man and the confiscation of almost a quarter million dollars in crystal methamphetamine, moonshine, marijuana, mushrooms, and some $6000 cash.  It was about  3 a.m. Friday, according Full Story

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